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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Transparency in the cotton supply remains a major challenge for brands and retailersCotton supply chain transparency an ongoing challenge 25 August 2016

The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used in its products highlights the massive challenges the industry still faces when it comes to transparency and traceability across global supply chains.


Warm weather boosted sales at UK clothing retailers in AugustUK retail sales beat expectations in August 25 August 2016

A week after the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed better-than-expected retail sales in July, further evidence has emerged to suggest consumer spending remains strong following the Brexit vote.


World Fibres Conference to unravel global issues 24 August 2016

The latest developments in raw materials, fibres and textiles – and the challenges facing both the synthetic and natural fibre sectors, including coming to terms with overcapacity – will be among discussion points at the upcoming World Fibres Conference 2016 taking place later this year in Hong Kong.


MESH01 plans platform integration with PTC FlexPLM 23 August 2016

MESH01, which provides metric-driven insights for consumer-centric brands, is to integrate with PTC FlexPLM in a move that will provide a single platform to streamline product development and information.


Sunshine and bargains encouraged British shoppers to spend in JulyUK retail sales surge as shoppers shrug off Brexit concerns 18 August 2016

The first official UK retail sales figures for the full month after the country’s referendum to leave the EU suggest consumer spending remained resilient, with clothing and footwear sales seeing a much-needed boost thanks to the hot weather.


New fashions and innovations are expected to drive improved back-to-school demandDenim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school 18 August 2016

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.


Lindex is scaling up its textile reuse and recycling scheme to all stores in Sweden and NorwayLindex scales-up textile reuse and recycling scheme 17 August 2016

Swedish fashion chain Lindex is scaling up its textile reuse and recycling scheme to all stores in Sweden and Norway, with plans to extend the initiative to Finland later this year.


Duties on US children's footwear imports are forecast to jump to $320m in 2016US children's footwear duties reach new high of $307m 16 August 2016

As back-to-school footwear sales get underway, new figures have been released showing that duties on children's footwear shipped into the US topped the $300m mark for the first time last year.


The Ecolabel is awarded to products that have a reduced environmental impact during their lifecyclesEU footwear Ecolabel revised to cover factory workers 15 August 2016

The European Commission (EC) has revised the criteria for awarding the EU Ecolabel to footwear products, including the introduction of new requirements regarding labour conditions at final assembly sites.


The People's Republic of China becomes the 70th country to ratify the TIR systemChina joins UN transport treaty to ease trade with Europe 15 August 2016

China has taken a key step towards opening up new efficient and faster transport routes with Europe after ratifying the United Nation’s TIR Convention, the global standard for international freight customs transit.


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